Column no. 80 - 71
You will see columns in the past; what I noticed about/in Thailand, about
differences between Thailand and Japan and so on.
I'm wondering how long I can continue writing a column... :D
no.80 - Sales pitch on the phone
| My wife came from Bangkok, Thailand and lives in Japan for xx years. Her
Japanese needs to be developed more, but even so, when she is at home,
she answers phone calls.
Talking about phone calls, we often have a sales pitch. For example, looks like this kind of a conversation is taken place when I'm not at home;
My wife says, " I really don't understand it ". Oh, I can imagine that ... :)
no.78 - Charges for foreigners
| When you go to a museum or a park, they may charge you admission
fee, right ?
In Japan, if my memory is correct, admission fee is the same for anyone (different between adults and kids, though), but in Thailand, it's sometimes not between Thai general public and people from overseas. (Higher for foreigners ! Well, it's okay, though. :D )
I still remember one thing very well;
It was when we went to a historical park in Sukhothai or Kam Paeng Phet by car. You had to pay admission at the gate.
At that time, everyone (my wife, my wife's sister and her husband) look back at me all at once then tell me, " Hey, wear sunglasses, get down, hide, down, down, hurry, hurry ! " in the car. Looks like anyone will notice that I'm a Japanese and they will charge me higher than usual.
Because I'm a good boy, I did it as what they told me. Everything was calm and we passed the gate while I was hiding down at the back seat in the car. After a while, they said, " Just kidding ! " and laughed and laughed. Whaaaat !?!?
Well, it's okay... It was a peaceful day... :D
no.77 - Lucky color of days of the week
| The column last week was about lucky color of the day of the week for
your birthday. This week is lucky colour for something else
such as economic fortune, general fortune and human relationship fortune
of the day of the week in Thailand.
< Economic fortune >
< General fortune >
< Relationship fortune >
For example, when you want to buy a lottery ticket and if it's on Monday, you should wear clothes in purple.
Should I give it a try ? :D
no.76 - What day of the week were you born ?
| Can you answer if someone ask you what day of the week you were born ?
(I can not, even though my wife asked me again and again. Because it was a long long time ago when I was born.... ? :D )
I was very surprised that everyone I met in Thailand knew that ! Why ? It looks like that's because it's popular to read your fortune such as human relationship with the day of the week in which you were born.
(If it's in Japan, blood type fortune telling corresponds to this, right ?)
(By the way, in Thailand, blood type fortune-telling is getting popular now. I heard that, not only fortune-telling but they use it to choose food for a blood type.)
The colour for the day of the week is below.
By this, they wear clothes or choose accessaries in the color of their birthday or of the day. (Of course, it depends on people.)
< The color of the day of the week >
When you visit Thailand, you should check what day of the week you were born beforehand. :D You can find out the day of the week bellow.
no.75 - Thanks for the last time ...
| The column last week was about Saint Valentine's Day, and
this week is related to it and is about " Thanks for the last time
In Japan, when someone did something for you and you would say Thanks at that time, and the next time you see him/her, you would say thanks for the last time he/she did something for you again, aaaand the next time when you see him/her again, you would say thanks for what he/she did for you before again. Like this, you mention about what he/she did for you again and again. Have you ever had such an experience ? :)
This might be only in Japan (?) but in Thailand, you say Thanks at that time (if you have no chance at that time, you will say thanks next time) and that's it. You would not say thanks again and again for what's already finished like in Japan.
For my wife, after she came and started to live in Japan, my family or my relatives expressed thanks about what happened long time ago again and again and she often wondered what it was... :D
There is a cultural difference about saying thanks. This is very curious to me. :)
no.74 - Saint Valentine's Day
| You can't wait ? This coming 14th Feb. is Saint Valentine's Day !
Are you ready to give someone chocolate ? :D
I guess you don't know, but in Japan, Saint Valentine's Day is the day when women give chocolate to whom they want to express their love once a year, but it's different in Thailand.
In Thailand, men give flowers (mostly red roses) to women. It seems that it's the same that the day is when men express their love to women, though.
(I heard that men show love to women first, not from ladies to men. I guess young people are different... :D)
Not only men to women but friends give gifts of flowers to each other.
(This is among ladies. If men do this to each other, hmmmm.... ? )
Looks like students buy some flowers nearby as a gift and give it to their teachers or friends in school.
Department stores or restaurants where young couples gather have heart-shaped decoration or play love songs on Saint Valentine's Day.
By the way, they don't have "White Day". What should they do about gifts in return ? :)
no.73 - Sneeze
| In Japan, when you sneeze, people say someone is talking about you.
(In the US, it seems like it's said like "Your ears must have been burning")
This is the same in Thailand. When you sneeze, you are told like someone is talking about you or someone misses you.
For instance, when you sneeze, your friend will kid you like, "Your boyfriend misses you !" or "your boss misses you (because he/she wants you to work more)". This is not so good, though. :D
By the way, "Sneeze" in Thai is "Jarm". If you want to say "I often sneeze", it will be "Pom/Dichan Jarm Boiboi". (Pom/Dichan is "I"; Pom for male, Dichan for female, Boiboi is "often".)
no.72 - Snow
| We have a lot of snow this year in Japan. It snowed also in Tokyo
As you know, they don't have snow in the very warm country, Thailand. In the north part of Thailand, the climate is cooler than in Bangkok but still they don't have snow. This is why my wife didn't know how it would snow like before starting her life in Japan.
On the first day of snow for her in Tokyo, she went outside and enjoyed it very much even if it was cold and late at night, saying "Wow", or "Whew !", "Why !" and walking around.
(These days, even if it snows, she gives me kind of a funny reaction like "Hmmm...." because it almost makes her stay at home.)
I don't know about other places, but they have ice rinks in Bangkok.
See ya. :)
no.71 - Jolting airplane
| In my daily life, I have no chance to take a plane, but usually you
go to Thailand by air. (I'm wondering how many days it will take from Japan
by ship ...)
It' okay if the airplane flies with no shake, but it must be very scary even if airplane shakes and you know it wouldn't go down.
When I came back to Japan before, the airplane flew in the rain crowd and had a awful rough flight. Not only it shook but it suddenly went down so often. My heart was in my mouth. In the end, my wife couldn't have a sleep at all with a horrible fear. On the other hand, looks like I fell into a peaceful sleep while I didn't notice that. (My wife told me later about this with an amazed look....)
Hope you'll have no trouble this year. Happy new year !